An artist is getting a lot of attention on Instagram for drawings that illustrate racial stereotypes.
Anne Castro drew a girl being bombarded with stereotypes that she has heard as Filipina American.
She shared the image to highlight the rise in attacks against Asian Americans and Pacific islanders.
"Is Anne your real name?" "You eat with chopsticks don't you?" "You must be good at math." "Is it your people who do nails?" "Do you eat dogs?" "You look like Mulan."
Based on her own experiences, Castro drew a girl surrounded by symbols of common stereotypes and repeated microaggressions.
"Everyone assumes I eat with chopsticks, but Filipinos actually eat with both the spoon and fork or even our hands," she told Insider. "When my classmates would joke around, they'd comment how my eyes are small, but in actuality, I have pretty big eyes."
Castro said she shared her drawing on Instagram - where it has more than 121,000 likes at the time of writing - as a response to the rising hate crimes against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.
Crimes against AAPI increased by 150% in 2020, as Insider reported in March citing a study by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.
Stop AAPI Hate, an organization that tracks hate, discrimination, and violence against the community, received 3,795 reports of anti-AAPI hate incidents from March 2020 to February 2021, noting that "the number of hate incidents reported [...] represent only a fraction of the number of hate incidents that actually occur."
"I'm a Filipina American, but growing up, everyone kind of assumed that there were only two types of Asians - Chinese and Japanese," Castro said. "I was always compared to the few Asian celebrities seen in movies such as Sue Yung, London Tipton from 'The Suite Life,' and Wendy Wu, which never really seemed to be remotely similar to who I really am."
Since Castro shared her drawing, she has turned the art into a series with more illustrations that increase awareness around racism. Castro named the series after what she said she considers to be the most annoying question of all: "What Are You?"
The people in Castro's series look like children, and she said that's intentional.
"I illustrated the characters to look younger because a lot of these comments come at a young age, and at times I didn't find it to be as serious, and it seemed like harmless jokes from my classmates," Castro said. "But as I got older I learned that they were microaggressions that follow at every age based on the stereotypes society plants on us."
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